Prince Philip taken to second hospital for testing and observation


Prince Philip was transferred to a specialist heart hospital in London on Monday for testing and observation for pre-existing heart disease as he continues to be treated for an unspecified infection, Buckingham Palace said.

The husband of Queen Elizabeth II, 99 years old, was transferred from King Edward VII Hospital, where he has been treated since February 17, to Saint-Barthélemy Hospital, specializing in cardiac care.

The palace said Philip “remains comfortable and responding to treatment, but is expected to stay in hospital at least until the end of the week.”

Philip was admitted to King Edward VII Private Hospital in London after feeling ill. Philip’s illness is not believed to be linked to COVID-19. He and the Queen, 94, received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in early January.

Bart’s Heart Center is the largest specialized cardiovascular center in Europe, the National Health Service said. The center seeks to perform more heart surgery, MRI scans and CT scans than any other service in the world.

Philip, who retired from royal duties in 2017, rarely appears in public. During the current coronavirus lockdown in England, Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, stayed at Windsor Castle, west London, with the Queen.

Philip married then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. He and the Queen have four children, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

In 2011, he was rushed to hospital by helicopter after suffering from chest pain and was treated for a blocked coronary artery. In 2017, he spent two nights in the hospital and was hospitalized for 10 days in 2018 for a hip replacement.

Philip was last hospitalized in December 2019, spending four nights in King Edward VII Hospital for what the palace said was the planned treatment for a pre-existing condition.

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